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LEGEND TRAVEL NEWS ALERT 4 APR 2019 APRIL 4, 2019

Date 4 Apr 2019 | Posted by admin

AMERICAS

USA

Due to weather, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 3 minutes. Severe thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow in parts of the South. Thunderstorms may include large hail, damaging winds, and possible tornadoes.

Argentina

Today, travelers in Buenos Aires should avoid a protest over socio-economic issues, including the high cost of food, housing, transport and public services. The protest, organized by the Argentine Workers’ Union (CTA), will begin at 11:00 AM local time at Avenida Entre Rios and Hipolito Irigoyen. CTA plans to hold further protests throughout the month.

Colombia

Travelers in the southwestern departments including Antioquia, Arauca, Boyaca, Cauca, Hulia, Narino, Santander, Tolima, and Calle de Cauca should continue to anticipate travel disruption due to ongoing protests and roadblocks by indigenous groups. Roadblocks have halted transport on the Pan-American Highway (Highway 25) between Cali and Popayan, Highway 24 to La Plata, and Highway 20 to Pitalito. The road blocks have led to shortages of fuel and other goods. Demonstrations are likely to continue in the coming days.

Guatemala

Today, travelers in Guatemala City should plan journeys avoiding a protest caravan by taxi drivers. Participants will gather at 10:00 local time at the Bella Vista fuel station in the Villa Nueva area. They will then pass the Villa Nueva municipality building, Ruta Pacifico and Calzada Aguilar Batres, before arriving at the interior ministry building. The protest is being held to demand that authorities regulate app-based ride-share services.

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Comoros

Travelers should defer all travel to Comoros until at least tomorrow. Those already there should minimize non-essential movement and be prepared to stand fast at secure accommodation, with sufficient supplies, at short notice. This advice reflects heightened political tensions and unrest linked to the March 24 Presidential Election. On April 3, the Supreme Court validated the results of the election, which was won by incumbent Azali Assoumani. Unrest over alleged electoral fraud has followed the poll, including in Moroni.

Jordan

Today, travelers in Amman should avoid a protest at 6:00 PM local time near the Fourth Circle. The rally is being held against a 2016 gas deal between Jordan and Israel. Several protestors attended a related sit-in outside the Parliament building on March 26, with some participants attempting to forcibly enter the premises. Today’s event is expected to pass off peacefully, though local disruption is possible.

Lebanon

In the coming hours, travelers in Beirut should avoid the vicinity of Riad al Solh due to an ongoing protest by civil aviation workers. The demonstration is against alleged delays in the awarding of professional qualifications. Travelers should plan journeys avoiding the area.

Mali

Tomorrow, travelers in Bamako should avoid an anti-government demonstration on Avenue de la Independence beginning at 2:00 PM local time as a precaution. The rally has been organized by the leader of the High Islamic Council of Mali in protest of the government’s response to the security crisis in central Mali. Multiple civil society groups are supporting the event, and it is expected to be well attended.

Mauritania

On Saturday, April 6, travelers in Nouakchott should avoid a planned rally by a coalition of opposition parties. The event is expected to take place at Ibn Abbas Square, near the Nouakchott Grand Mosque, though the timing remains unclear. The rally will mark the official candidature of Mohamed Ould Maouloud for the June Presidential Election. Ould Maouloud is the current President of the opposition coalition and leader of the Union of the Forces of Progress (UFP) party.

Nigeria

Tomorrow, travelers in Ibadan should avoid protests against the activities of a controversial police unit. One demonstration which will take place at 8:30 AM local time at the J Allen Junction in the Dugbe district; other demonstrations will take place from 9:00 AM local time at the police headquarters in Abuja and at the Fela Shrine in Lagos. The gatherings are to protest against the death of a man on March 31 during an operation in Lagos carried out by a controversial ‘anti-cultist’ police unit.

Samoa

Travelers booked to travel with flag carrier Samoa Airways over the coming days should anticipate disruption and reconfirm schedules. The airline has cancelled several flights due to a shortage of aircraft caused by an unsuccessful lease extension attempt, as well as the global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft. The carrier is currently making arrangements to lease replacement aircraft to operate flights between Apia, Auckland, Sydney, and Brisbane.

South Africa

Today, travelers in northwestern areas of Western Cape province, including Cape Town, should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption caused by heavy rain and flooding. The South African Weather Service has forecast heavy rain in the Cape Town metropolitan area and Langebaan town until 3:00 PM local time. Flooding could result in temporary road closures, and travelers undertaking road journeys should confirm the status of routes before setting out.

Today, travelers in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein should avoid Palestinian solidarity protests called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Participants will gather from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM local time outside the US Consulate General building in Johannesburg’s Sandhurst area. The rally in Bloemfontein is scheduled for 12:00 PM local time, though the location has not yet been disclosed. While the events are expected to pass off peacefully, local traffic disruption is possible.

Uganda

In the coming days, travelers in Kampala should anticipate and avoid further potentially unruly demonstrations by traders. The protests and unrest, most recently occuring yesterday, are focused on shopping centers at and around the Qualicel bus terminal in central Kampala. An increased security force presence is in place around the Qualicel, Nabukeera, and Jamboree shopping plazas.

Yemen

Yemen is currently experiencing the largest cholera outbreak to date. Cholera is consistently present in the country and is spread via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travelers staying in quality accommodations with access to safe water and food are at low risk; however, all travelers are advised to pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination.

Zimbabwe

Travelers are advised to avoid Jason Moyo Avenue in the central business district. Security forces have reportedly fired tear gas at the office of an independent media outlet. The reason for this action is currently unclear.

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Philippines

A sharp increase in dengue activity has been reported. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or traveling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Travelers are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

Tuvalu

Further cases of dengue fever have been reported. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or traveling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Travelers are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

EUROPE

Belgium

In the coming hours, travelers should expect significant disruption at Brussels’ South Charleroi Airport (CRL) due to a spontaneous strike by security staff today. Security checks have reportedly been disrupted since 11:00 AM local time, and large crowds have formed inside and outside the terminal building as passengers wait to pass security. The duration of the strike is unknown, though flights have reportedly not been affected yet.

France

Today, travelers in France should anticipate disruption during a nationwide strike by education unions and associated marches over a new education reform bill. In Paris, participants will gather at 2:00 PM local time at Place de l’Opera before marching towards Place de la Republique. The rally is expected to be well attended. On March 30, 36,000 joined similar protests, including 6,500 in Paris.

Today, travelers in Ajaccio should expect heightened security during President Emmanuel Macron’s visit and avoid any related protests. The nationalist coalition Pe a Corsica party, which favors greater autonomy for the region, has called for a ‘dead island’ movement from 12:00 PM until 6:00 local time. Associated gatherings are planned outside the Ajaccio prefecture at 2:00 PM. In response, local authorities have announced a ban on protests from 6:00 AM until 11:50 PM today in the immediate vicinity of Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA) as well as on the Campo Dell’Oro roundabout.

North Macedonia

An increase in measles cases have been reported nationwide including in Skopje. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and a characteristic rash. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travelers should ensure that they are fully immunized against measles.

Russia

Normal movement around the Kazansky Railway Station in Moscow can resume after an anonymous bomb threat earlier today was declared a hoax. Security forces inspected the site, but the facility was not evacuated.

NOTEWORTHY EVENTS

April 4
Angola: Peace Day
Switzerland: Näfelser Fahrt
Senegal: Independence Day
Taiwan: Children’s Day

April 5
China: Qing Ming Jie
Hong Kong: Tomb Sweeping Day
South Korea: Arbor Day
Macau: Cheng Ming Festival
Nepal: Godhe Yatra
Taiwan: Tomb Sweeping Day

April 6
Burundi: President Ntaryamira
Day
Canada: National Tartan Day
China: Qing Ming Jie Holiday
India: Chaitra Sukhladi
Mauritius: Ougadi
Thailand: Chakri Day

April 7
Armenia: Motherhood and Beauty
Day
China: Qing Ming Jie Holiday
Kyrgyzstan: April People’s
Revolution Day
Mongolia: Health Day
Mozambique: Mozambican
Woman’s Day
Rwanda: Tutsi Genocide Memorial
Day

April 7
Turkmenistan: World Health Day
Tanzania: Karume Day

April 8
Switzerland: Sechseläuten
Kyrgyzstan: April People’s
Revolution Day (Observed)
North Macedonia: International
Romani Day (for Romani
community)
Mozambique: Mozambican
Woman’s Day (Observed)
Thailand: Chakri Day (Observed)
Kosovo: Day of Romas

April 9
Canada: Vimy Ridge Day
Georgia: Independence
Restoration Day
Philippines: The Day of Valor
Tunisia: Martyrs’ Day
Kosovo: Constitution Day of the
Republic of Kosovo

April 10
Costa Rica: Battle of Rivas

April 11
Costa Rica: Battle of Rivas

April 12
Bolivia: Children´s Day
Liberia: Fast and Prayer Day
Thailand: Songkran (Observed)


April 13

Bangladesh: Chaitra Sankranti
India: Rama Navami
Sri Lanka: Sinhala and Tamil New
Year’s Eve
Moldova: Special Working Day
Thailand: Songkran
Vietnam: Hung Kings Festival
Holiday

April 14
Palm Sunday
Bangladesh: Bengali New Year
Bhutan: Death Anniversary of
Zhabdrung (Zhabdrung Kuchoe)
Honduras: America Day
India: Vaisakhi
India: Mesadi/Vaisakhadi
India: Ambedkar Jayanti
Cambodia: Khmer New Year Day
(Day 1)
Sri Lanka: Sinhala and Tamil New
Year’s Day
Nepal: Nepali New Year
Pakistan: Baisakhi
Thailand: Songkran
Vietnam: Hung Kings Festival

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